Feds OK phase 1 of 3GW Wyoming wind farm

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The Bureau of Land Management issued key approvals for the first 500 turbines of a proposed massive 3-gigawatt wind farm in Wyoming. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre, along with the associated and recently approved TransWest Express transmission project, which would...
“We should reduce consumption of fossil fuels, coal in particular. Coal-fired power plants are accused of air pollution and fine-dust emissions.”

– Moon Jae-In, South Korea’s leading presidential candidate, regarding his pledge to reduce coal-fired power plants and phase out nuclear reactors as it strives to be more environment-friendly and low-carbon oriented. South Korea has more than 50 coal-fired power plants that supply about 40 percent of its electricity.

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“While we all continue to hope that the coal industry will rebound, that hasn’t happened quickly and it likely won’t ever return to the levels that we once saw.”

– Outgoing West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in his farewell speech.

Image: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin via flickr Creative Commons license

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“This project is a great balance between the need for local economic development and the need for affordable electricity in our local communities.”

– Stillwater County (Montana) Commissioner Maureen Davey on NorthWestern Energy’s recent agreement to purchase power from an 80-megawatt wind farm being built near Billings at a cost of $37.63 per megawatt-hour, substantially below the cost of its coal resources.

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